There are not a lot of child actors who can boast of not being taken in by the stardom constantly being in the news for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, Dakota Fanning is not one of them. Dakota made her debut in an episode of ER and she still considers it to be her favorite. She went on to star as the younger version of the titular characters in Ally McBeal and Ellen.
With her growing popularity, not only did she manage to juggle between her movies and high school but she also explored other interests like knitting and ballet. Dakota has not just been an amazing child actress but she continues to impress us with her roles even now. As she gears up for her next movie Ocean's Eight, let's take a look back at the times she wowed us as a child.
I am Sam (2001)
Although this movie was not her debut, but her performance in this movie made her the youngest person to be nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role at the age of eight. She did win a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer. She plays the daughter of a man who is suffering from developmental disability and fighting for the custody of his daughter.
Uptown Girls (2003)
Dakota stars as a hypochondriac neat freak Ray in this coming-of-age movie. Brittany Murphy also co-stared in this movie and the two stars developed a close friendship until the untimely death of the star.
War of the Worlds (2005)
Dakota plays Tom Cruise's daughter in this disaster movie. She knitted a scarf for her reel father during the course of the movie. Cruise gifted her an iPod when the shoot for the movie ended.
A rather controversial role where her acting abilities were appreciated while her parents were criticized for having allowed her to take up such a mature character. Although, Dakota stands by her choice citing she was always more mature than she looked.
Man on Fire (2004)
In a movie that boasted of a cast like Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken, she managed to stand out. Denzel Washington was also one of the few lucky recipients of a Dakota Fanning original knitted scarf.
Dakota Fanning now wishes to get behind the camera and direct her own movie. We wish her a happy birthday and hopefully we shall also be treated to her filmmaking skills in the near future.